Drew Sullivan

Drew Sullivan

Co-founder and publisher, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

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Drew Sullivan is a social entrepreneur and co-founder and publisher of Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). He founded the organization in 2007 with Paul Radu. Before that, in 2004, he founded and edited the Center for Investigative Reporting, the leading investigative center in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Under his direction, OCCRP has won numerous awards, including the Daniel Pearl Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the Tom Renner Award for Crime Reporting, the European Press Prize, and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. OCCRP’s work on the Panama Papers with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists won a 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. Drew is also the creator of Reporters Shield, a membership program for media outlets and NGOs that helps defend investigative journalism against SLAPPs and other legal harassment. Previously, Drew was an investigative reporter for The Tennessean newspaper and the Associated Press’s Special Assignment Team. He has served on the boards of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, and Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism. Before becoming a journalist, he was a structural dynamicist on the space shuttle project for Rockwell Space Systems. He has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. He has also been a professional standup comedian, acted in four films, and plays bodhran in the only authentic Irish/Celtic band in the Balkans.

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